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Old 02-18-2013, 01:06 PM   #122
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Originally Posted by BroncoBeavis View Post

It's really not that long. It's probably best to read it all for the context. But 24-29 gets to why many Christians believe some things apply while others do not.
Thanks for narrowing it.

It might explain why some choose to ignore some text, but it is very thin. It's more of a 'suggestion' and says nothing about homophobia.

29 You are to abstain from food sacrificed to idols, from blood, from the meat of strangled animals and from sexual immorality. You will do well to avoid these things.
It leaves out many of the practices that, should have been mentioned as sinful and therefore shunned.
Jesus said nothing about homosexuality and that reinforces the suspicion that homophobia is not a 'Christian' trait, but an Old Testament Evangelical attitude. But even if it isn't that simple, if Church doctrine has decided it is a sin, then fine; keep that attitude within the Church and its followers can abstain their brains out.

This Bishop summarizes nicely, of course, he's probably regarded as a heretic by some of the sanctimonious Evangelicals here.

What did Jesus say about homosexuality?

This is the fourth in a series of articles, by The Rt. Rev. V. Gene Robinson, Episcopal Bishop of New Hampshire, and visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, Washington, DC, examining the Biblical texts traditionally used to address the issue of homosexuality from a religious (Jewish and Christian) perspective.

What Jesus Says about Homosexuality:

That's right. Jesus is not recorded as having said anything related to intimate sexual relationships between people of the same gender. One has to wonder, if homosexuality is such a heinous sin against God, why does Jesus himself never refer to it? One cannot extrapolate affirmation of such relationships from that silence, but still, why no mention of an issue now causing entire churches to split?

St. Paul's Letter to the Romans

Passages in Paul's epistles to the Romans and Corinthians, as well as a passage from I Timothy are cited by the tradition as condemning homosexuality. A closer look suggests some questions about that traditional understanding.
(A lot of textual context in the link, I have posted only the opening and closing paragraphs)

In short, we are not certain what sexual practices Paul has in mind in this passage. He simply does not tell us. What is clear is that these practices are related to the worship of idols - and clearly not what we are talking about today. Our questions involve a modern understanding of human sexuality in which a small minority of people - by their nature - are affectionally oriented toward people of the same gender, a concept unknown to the ancient mind. And we are not talking about temple prostitutes, but rather two people of the same gender who are drawn into a faithful, monogamous, life-long-intentioned relationship. Not much help here on answering the questions we are asking.

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